Agency: about a thousand US troops will move from Syria to Iraq and Kuwait

 

One of the points set up by the United States in Manbij
One of the points set up by the United States in Manbij

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About 1,000 US troops withdrawing from northern Syria will be redeployed to Iraq, Kuwait and possibly Jordan, a US official said on Wednesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that US forces had withdrawn from the Manbij area, where the United States set up checkpoints in 2017, and were preparing to leave the area by air soon.

The agency quoted the official as saying that the forces stationed in Iraq, may conduct cross-border operations against ISIS in Syria, as it did in the past before the establishment of partnership with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

US soldiers were in the north of the country in support of Qassad, which fought fierce battles against ISIS and successfully uprooted him from all areas he has controlled since 2014 in Syria.

The White House announced last week that US forces in northeastern Syria would move soon. Turkey subsequently launched a military offensive against the Kurds amid international condemnation and new displacement, sanctions and US threats.

But Ankara said it would continue to invade Syrian territory. “We will continue to fight terrorist groups, including ISIS, if the world accepts it or not,” Fakhruddin Alton, head of communication at its presidency, told AFP late Tuesday.

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Halbousi chairs a meeting to follow up the implementation of reform packages including compensation

Date: 2019/10/15 20:40 
Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed al-Halbousi, on Tuesday, a meeting with the Chairman of the Parliamentary Finance Committee Haitham al-Jubouri and the Parliamentary Strategic Planning Committee, in the presence of Planning Minister Nuri al-Dulaimi and Minister of Reconstruction and Housing and Municipalities Bankin Rikani and Deputy Minister of Finance.
“During the meeting, they discussed and followed up the implementation of packages of decisions issued by the House of Representatives and the ministers, including with regard to compensation and addressing the housing crisis.”

Demonstrators’ demands threaten Baghdad government before renewed demonstrations

 

BAGHDAD – The declared demands of the organizers of the protests in Baghdad and the southern provinces last week refuted government allegations and informed the power backed by militias and religious parties, which sought to demonize the rhetoric of the demonstrations and focus only on the violence that has interrupted them.

The Iraqi protest engines were aware of this media rally by the authorities and their parties, after the announcement of a clear list of demands, activists want to launch during demonstrations calling for their exit on the twenty-fifth of this month.

The organizers of the protests sought to make the demands clear enough, allowing everyone to understand them without fear.

Activists addressed the list of demands to indicate that they are not demonstrating for the provision of services as promoted by the Authority, because this is the duty and responsibility of the government, and they are not trying to overthrow the state, but to reform its affairs.

For the first time since the protests began, activists have been discussing simplified definitions to distinguish between overthrowing the political system or overthrowing the entire state.

Among the most prominent demands included in the list of activists, “review some of the paragraphs of the Constitution and amend it to allow the transition to the presidential system instead of parliamentary, and pave the way to ban parties with political principles, names and slogans, and the abolition of excess circles in the system of governance, such as provincial councils, bodies Independent institutions, such as the Shiite and Sunni Waqfs, the institutions of prisoners and martyrs, the Hajj and Umrah, and other names that exist to serve discriminatory segments. ”

Protesters are demanding a reduction in the number of members of the House of Representatives and a reduction in their financial privileges.

It seems that the protesters’ insistence on the application of the law, “Where do you get this”, intends to hold all the elements of the political class who have affected the expense of public money since 2003, which is the main source of terror for politicians in Iraq now.

Other demands of the demonstrators revolve around equitable distribution of wealth, support for the national product, rehabilitation of factories and factories, building a national army, providing jobs and solving the housing crisis.

There is widespread debate among the Iraqi elites, whether the protest movement, which began in early October, is a “hungry gift” and demonstrations demand, or “revolution against the political system” and an attempt to rectify the situation radically.

The Iraqi elite is divided between those who say that the demonstrators are unemployed and hungry, and those who say they are seeking to restore their dignity, which was robbed by the corruption of Islamic parties for 16 years, and its failure to run the country, until the country collapsed towards the end of the arrangement in the ladder of security, services, health, education and others .

The media of the Palestinian Authority has the slogan of overthrowing the political system, which was raised by the protesters in Baghdad and the provinces, to interpret it as an attempt to overthrow the entire state, which means the trend towards chaos.

Analysts appeared in official and partisan channels supporting the government, warning of the dangers of slogans raised by demonstrators.

These analysts described all slogans of a political nature, including the overthrow of the regime, accountability of corrupt figures of power, the enactment of a fair election law and the holding of elections under the supervision of the United Nations, as “Baathist adopters” or “American conspiracy”, to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, because of its loyalty to Iran.

Bloggers linked to pro-Iranian Islamist parties that support Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government have promoted ideas that the chaos caused by the alleged state overthrow could lead to “employees losing their salaries.”

For activists in the protest movement, this media policy is aimed at turning Iraq’s nearly 7 million civil servants, civilian, military, retired and vulnerable, into rivals for protesters by raising fears of monthly income cuts.

The Iraqi government and its supporting parties are aware that there is an uninterrupted anxiety among the very large staff, because they are perhaps the only among the other segments that have a steady income, amid a turbulent economic situation, which carries many threats.

Accordingly, the government uses the salaries of employees in negative propaganda against demonstrations.

The excessive violence by the Mahdi government, which injured more than 7,000 demonstrators, and the death of hundreds of them, was only a sign that the government felt the danger of continuing protests over its existence. .

The Iraqi political writer Farouk Yousef that the state was not targeted and the evidence is that the demonstrators did not engage in acts of sabotage against government facilities or private property, which confirms that they did not seek to create chaos as claimed by the government.

The demonstrations revealed an advanced political awareness among the youth protesting not only the living conditions, poor services and programmed corruption operations, but also the policies of the internal and external government, which led him to call for breaking the link with Iranian policy and end the state of subordination and subordination to the dictates of the Wali al-Faqih and the interests of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. This is what many parties in the government considered to have crossed a red line drawn by Iranian militias and parties.

“If the demonstrators were satisfied with the traditional slogans demanding services and jobs and fighting corruption and they did not move to the essence of the problem of Iraq, which is the dependence of the Iraqi government, the militias would not have to kill because they are not concerned with the fate of Abdul Mahdi’s government,” Yusuf told the Arabs. .

The Iraqi writer was not surprised by the position of the government and its media to practice blackmail by waving that renewed protests may lead to cuts in salaries, which creates panic among the people. “The government does not have positive solutions that will calm the street and prevent renewed protests and renewed clashes through violence with young protesters. “By intensifying Iran’s military and civilian presence and exaggerating it in the post-protest period of Iranian hegemony, it became clear that the government has nothing to change its policy and is unable to do so.”

The Arabs

 

مطالب المحتجين تهدّد حكومة بغداد قبل تجدد المظاهرات

Iraq gets another Iran sanctions waiver from Washington

 

The State Department approved another 120 days exempting Iraq from U.S. sanctions on Iran, just before a prior waiver was set to expire.

Iraq gets another Iran sanctions waiver from Washington

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Baghdad on Jan. 9, 2019. (Photo credit: Office of the Prime Minister)

The U.S. State Department has granted another Iran sanctions waiver to Iraq, further extending a grace period for vital energy imports.

A previous waiver, granted in June, was set to expire on Wednesday. The new waiver is for 120 days, according to officials close to the negotiations. No further details have been released and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Iraq gets another Iran sanctions waiver from Washington

A strongly worded US statement on the Iraqi demonstrations .. This is what he asked the government 

 

Release date:: 2019/10/15 21:58 

An official statement issued by the US State Department, “strongly worded” on the recent popular demonstrations in Iraq and the accompanying acts of violence that have caused tens of victims and thousands of wounded.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a telephone conversation with President Barham Saleh, “condemned the recent violence in Iraq and pointed to the need to hold accountable those who violate human rights and commit acts of violence and intimidation against the media,” the State Department said.
The two sides also discussed the Turkish military incursion in Syria and the US desire to end it immediately.
The number of martyrs of the demonstrations to 110 people, according to the Office of Human Rights and wounding more than 4,000 others, including members of the security forces.

Saleh and Pompeo discussed by telephone the importance of stabilizing Iraq and halting operations in Syria

 

Date: 2019/10/14 22:04 
President Barham Saleh received a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday.
According to a presidential statement received by the Euphrates News that “during the contact reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to strengthen, and the importance of the stability of the country, and deal with challenges to contribute to the consolidation of the security of Iraq and the rights of its citizens and enhance its democratic experience.”
In another aspect of the call was discussed “developments in the Turkish military operation in northern Syria, and stressed the humanitarian situation, the cessation of military operations and the lack of opportunity for terrorists to reorganize their remnants and threaten the security of the region and the world.”

Sadr appeals to Iraqis

 

Sadr appeals to Iraqis

BAGHDAD / Tomorrow
the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr, on Tuesday, visitors heading to Karbala to commemorate the fortieth of Imam Hussein (AS) to shout against America and Israel and against the corrupt.

Al-Sadr said in a tweet followed by “Al-Ghad Press” “Iraqis walking to the kiss of the free revolutionaries, march crowds million organization and the eye of God is the sponsor of you, see the people of Iraq, see the army of Imam, see you, the father of corruption, walk in your shrouds and holding the banner of Iraq your phone Day 40 in the capital of the reformist Husseini Karbala with one voice: No both America, no both Israel, no no corrupt. ” They concluded with a shout: “Baghdad is free, free, corrupt.

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